Answer for Walt: Yes, I would recommend Mary Stewart to teenagers, assuming they have a tolerance for careful and deliberate scene-setting. As I mentioned in my previous post, Ms. Stewart keeps everything very tasteful. But thrilling. Tasteful but thrilling. I was a teenager myself when I started reading them.
Sunday night I watched Made of Honor with my husband. I think he thought the flick was a little too heavy on the chicky side, but I enjoyed it. On a Sunday night I don't like to have to think too much about or get too stressed with the movie selection. And this one was the perfect little bit of fluff.
After it was over it had me feeling a little nostalgic for my recently completed novel. The final parts of the movie (and the big, dramatic romantic scene) take place in Scotland, just as they do in my book, and I couldn't help feeling a little bit excited all over again about the way I'd chosen to end my novel. It's been months--MONTHS--since I looked at it--months since the agent hunt began, and while I've had responses from a few agents (basically telling me that chick-lit is a hard sell right now and I'd need to be a little quirkier), I've still not heard from quite a few. But with the gloom-and-doom predictions facing the publishing world, I'm no longer holding my breath. I'm thinking that if I want to get this book out there, I'm going to have to put it out there myself.
Which means one final round of tweaks and edits, a cover design, review submissions, pre-publication hype, etc, etc. Suddenly I'm so very tired. This blog could go crazy in the coming weeks.